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The Digital Markets Act (DMA) the Digital Services Act (DSA), the German Act against Restraints on Competition Digitalisation Act (GWB-Digitalisierungsgesetz), the German State Media Treaty (MStV), the EU Regulation on platform-to-business relations (P2B Regulation) and the Data Law with the Data Governance Act and Data Act are leading to comprehensive regulation of the entire field of digital services. We support companies in tapping the opportunities of the digital legal framework, and in adapting their businesses and processes to risks and opportunities in this new regulatory environment.

International Digital Regulation Hub
Following the EU Commission plan “A Europe fit for the digital age”, we have witnessed a lot of digital regulations in the EU including DMA and DSA, AI Act, Data Act and there is still more to come. Whilst presenting companies with a tumultuous landscape to navigate, the legal obligations imposed also present opportunities to develop their business in a new digital framework safeguarding responsible business practices, fair competition and personal data. The CMS Digital Regulation Hub is home to our Digital Regulation Tracker Tool, providing an overview of the key regulatory instruments for area of law, sectors and business activities which are critical for decision makers as they adapt to the increasingly digital landscape. In addition to this unique tool, we explore the impact this tsunami of regulation is having for businesses across a variety of industries and how GCs can ride the waves to stay ahead of the curve. Our latest re­port il­lus­trates the key findings across Platforms, Content providers, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Energy & Infrastructure, Banking & Finance and Automotive industries. To discuss how to cope with the challenges of Digital Regulations and to explore the opportunities for your business, please contact one of our International experts.
Digital Services Act (DSA)
Regulation (EU) 2022/2065 of the European Parliament and of the Council...

The challenges of digital regulation

The digital world and future technologies always pose new challenges to the law. Legislators in the EU and Germany have reacted accordingly: with comprehensive sets of regulations, in which they have created a legal framework for the digital economy and for providers of digital services such as, in particular, online platforms (media platforms, user interface providers, media intermediaries as marketplaces). 

An interdisciplinary team – one-stop advice

The areas of digital regulation – from media law to competition law – are closely intertwined. At CMS, experts from different fields therefore collaborate as part of an interdisciplinary team to find comprehensive and pragmatic solutions for our clients. Our team fully understands the legal framework and will always keep you up to date. We support you in analysing your business processes and models and help you to identify where action is urgently required, as well as highlighting opportunities and risks. We also regularly share our extensive expertise on our Blog.

CMS – supporting digital innovation

With CMS you are placing your trust in one of the leading media and digitalisation law firms in Europe, a position we have maintained for many years. Our team has been recommended for many years as a leading advisory practice. 

In 2023, Chambers Europe again recognised CMS as Band #1 for Media. At the renowned JUVE Awards, we were named Law Firm of the Year (2022), Law Firm of the Year for Technology and Media (2022), Law Firm of the Year for Regulation (2022), Law Firm of the Year for Distribution, Trade and Logistics (2022) and Law Firm of the Year for Antitrust (2023), among others. In 2023, we are again listed in Band #1 for Information Technology and Digitalisation by Legal 500 Germany.

Highly regarded teams in Germany, the UK and Belgium are complemented by a well-reputed offering in key CEE jurisdictions. Frequently advises leading multinationals on e-commerce and digitalisation projects.

Chambers Europe, 2022

Strengths: One client notes: "They're very responsive and have got huge reach into international markets, which is really helpful," adding: "The team is thorough and professional." Another client reports: "They have strong technical skills and also really strong commercial acumen."

Chambers Europe, 2022

Digitale Transformation bleibt das Stichwort, das das Engagement der IT-Praxis, die zu den Marktführern zählt, besser beschreibt denn je.

JUVE Handbuch, 2021/2022

Die Kanzlei tritt wie kaum eine andere durch ihr tiefes Know-how u. ihre strateg. Aufstellung als Digitalisierungsberaterin hervor.

JUVE Handbuch, 2021/2022
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